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Manatee County detectives hope surveillance pictures will lead to arrest in shooting death

MANATEE -- Bradenton's Ruben Harris was shot to death early Monday and detectives hope surveillance pictures will help them find the shooter.

Harris was found lying dead by his car at approximately 3:20 a.m. Monday in the parking lot of the Shell gas station, 836 301 Blvd. E.

The gas station is at the busy intersection of 301 Boulevard East and Ninth Street East.

Detectives with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office Monday began the process of backtracking through Har

ris' final hours.

"Our detectives are asking, 'Where was Ruben Harris before he was shot?'" Dave Bristow, a Manatee County Sheriff's Office spokesman, said. "We don't know a whole lot and we are trying to come up with additional leads. There's a possibility he was in a bar or nightclub. We think there was an altercation and we believe that is what led to Ruben's death."

By Monday afternoon, detectives had determined that Harris was involved in an altercation early Monday at DaVinci's Nightclub, 105 Cortez Road, Bradenton.

The sheriff's office then released photos of a man detectives say may have been involved in the fatal shooting.

The person in the photographs, taken by a security camera, "has been described as a regular at the club and is known by the name B-Low," a news release stated. The man in the picture drives a light colored Dodge Magnum, the release added.

In 2003 and 2006, Harris served three sentences at the Manatee County jail for drug and other offenses.

In August 2011, Harris was charged with aggravated battery against a pregnant woman, a second-degree felony. The case against him was later dropped.

Harris's death was the eighth slaying in Manatee County this year.

Anyone with information about Harris's death can call the sheriff's office at 941-747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.

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